End of the Year - The Perfect Time to Give
October 15, 2010
Giving Thanks at Year End
The holiday season is a wonderful time to express thanks for the blessings we have received – and a time to pause and make plans for the future. For many, it can also be a time for sharing with others through charitable gifts. Thinking carefully about what we give – and when to give it – can help increase the impact your gifts.
There are many ways in which Saint Clare’s Health System can benefit from your generosity. Also, by planning your charitable gifts now – and completing them by December 31 – you may enjoy the satisfaction of giving while increasing your tax refund or reducing the taxes you would otherwise owe in April 2011.
Leaving a Legacy: The end of the year is a wonderful time to review your long-range estate and financial plans. Wills, life insurance, retirement accounts, and other planning vehicles frequently offer exceptional opportunities for leaving a lasting legacy to charitable interests such as Saint Clare’s Foundation. Recent tax law changes have resulted in lower estate and gift taxes for many Americans, leaving more assets available for charitable gifts.
Gifts of Cash: All gifts received by Saint Clare’s Foundation by December 31 qualify for tax deductibility for 2010. Through gifts of cash, it is possible to eliminate income tax on up to 50% of your taxable income. Larger gifts may result in tax savings in as many as six tax years.
Securities: Gifts of stocks, bonds and mutual funds that have increased in value since you owned them can result tax savings. If you have held such assets for longer than a year, you can gift them and deduct the entire value, including “paper profits” from your taxable income. If you have investments that have decreased in value, consider selling them before December 31 and making a deductible gift of the cash proceeds. This creates a loss that you may be able to deduct from other taxable income along with your cash contributions. The amount of your deductible loss combined with the charitable deduction may actually amount of more than the current value of the investment.
Wire Transfers: Saint Clare’s Foundation can work with your financial consultant or broker to arrange for the electronic transfer of securities as gifts. The stocks, bonds or mutual funds are sold the day they are transferred and their value that day becomes the amount that you can deduct.
Multiply Tax Savings: Federal laws and those of many states make it possible to reduce or eliminate gift, estate, capital gain and income taxes on funds you give for charitable purposes. Since funds used to make charitable gifts are removed from the amount otherwise subject to federal income tax when you itemize your deductions, you may be able to give more than you thought possible.
Capital Gains: Congress has also provided that in addition to regular tax savings, capital gains tax is not due on assets given to charity. Gifts of appreciated assets can serve to reduce tax on up to 30% of your adjusted gross income. The best assets to gift are those that have increased the most in value and would result in the greatest capital gains tax if sold.
As with all financial matters, please consult your tax advisor before making any charitable deductions so that you may fully understand the tax implications of your gift.
To learn about other ways to provide for meaningful future gifts while enjoying immediate income tax savings and other benefits today, follow the link to more information for Planned Giving Options.
For more information, please contact Saint Clare’s Foundation at 973-983-5300 or e-mail email@example.com.